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Month: June 2016

No updates this week!

No updates this week!

Just a quick note to let everyone know, I’m not going to have any updates this week. I’ve been super busy with some business travel and a lot of grad school work going on right now, just haven’t had time to write. As an aside, I’m officially a parent. I’ve been peed on, puked on, and pooped on! I was changing my little girl this weekend after a big poop. I gave her 5 minutes and thought she was done before…

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How to swaddle a baby

How to swaddle a baby

Do you know how to swaddle your baby? If you consider yourself a super dad, you probably do…but for the rest of us here are some tips. Swaddling a baby is a great way to help calm a fussing baby. A good swaddle help child feel warm and secure. A newborn baby was just separated from the only place they have known for their entire life – the womb. Being out in a big cold world can be a shock…

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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

Just want to drop a note to all the fathers and Papas to be out there. Happy father’s day! Enjoy your cheesy neckties, and hopefully some homemade gifts. Being a father or dad to be really makes you think back on your relationship with your dad. How was your relationship? My relationship with dad has been tumultuous over the years. I was an “accident” baby, which is difficult to comprehend when your grandmother tells you that at 13 years old….

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The First Hour After Birth

The First Hour After Birth

Do you know what happens the first hour after birth? What should your baby be doing? How should she be acting? Your baby will go through several stages after birth. These are the normal stages if you place your baby in kangaroo care. If you don’t, all bets are off. Let’s discuss them! Stage 1: The Birth Cry Immediately after birth your baby will start to cry. This is a normal and healthy response. Your baby is clearing out her…

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How to perform skin to skin

How to perform skin to skin

How do you perform skin to skin contact (or kangaroo care) with your baby? I wrote a great article about the benefits of skin to skin, and what you need to do as a dad to ensure it happens. But I forgot to tell you how to perform skin to skin! I love snuggling with my baby like this. It helps me to feel closer to her and connected with her. It can be challenging for a father to develop a…

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Baby Feeding and Diaper Chart

Baby Feeding and Diaper Chart

I’ve made a free baby feeding chart for you! Every newborn parent should be tracking their baby’s food, urine, and bowel movements for at least the first two weeks. This is a very simple way to ensure your baby is healthy and eating enough food. Your baby cannot tell you when they are hungry or if their tummy hurts. The only way for you to know is by tracking their input and outputs. I’ve created a free baby feeding and…

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Home Labor Chart

Home Labor Chart

Need a home labor chart to track your contractions? We’ve put together a free labor tracking chart just for you! You can download it totally free, no strings attached! Good luck with your birthing experience! BrandNewPapa.com Home Labor Chart

Kangaroo Care – Skin to Skin With Dad

Kangaroo Care – Skin to Skin With Dad

You’ve heard about kangaroo care, right? Well, do you know what it is and why we do it? You’d better read on… Kangaroo care is one of the hot new trends in baby delivery. It has been used for a few years with premature babies to help them develop more quickly and self-regulate their body temperatures. It has started to expand in many hospitals to regular births due to the many benefits. First, a little history. Kangaroo care was originally…

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Does My Dog Know I’m Pregnant?

Does My Dog Know I’m Pregnant?

Humans have been having babies for thousands of years. For all those years, we’ve wondered, does my dog know I’m pregnant? I’ve got a dog and a cat. This is one of the first questions my wife asked me after she told me the news of her pregnancy. We attempted to answer this question throughout our pregnancy. We never really got an answer, other than the response from our dog and cat. Most dogs are very smart and intelligent animals….

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Today I’m a Brand New Papa – Baby Is Born

Today I’m a Brand New Papa – Baby Is Born

On May 24, 2016 at 11:04 AM, my life was inextricably combined with a little girl. She was born weighting 6 pounds 14 ounces, 19.5 inches long, and a 12 inch diameter noggin’. I’m officially a Brand New Papa. Here is the birth story from dad’s point of view. It started on Monday night around 7 pm. My wife said she was having some lower back pain. At first she though maybe she had done too much that day. Her parents…

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